Entries by Youth First


Encourage School Attendance

Ashley Hale, LCSW – Dec. 10, 2019 Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success in school and in life.   An estimated 5 to 7.5 million students miss 18 or more days of a school year, which averages two days per month.  Some challenges are […]


Learning to Love Yourself

By Jaclyn Durnil, MSW – Dec. 3, 2019 “If you can learn to love yourself and all the flaws, you can love other people so much better. And that makes you so happy.” – Kristen Chenowith Why is it so difficult to love ourselves? Basically, the short answer to this question is that we were […]


Walking Brilliance

By Callie Sanders, LSW – Nov. 12, 2019 What do famous authors J.K. Rowling and Ernest Hemingway and geniuses Nikola Tesla and Bill Gates all have in common? They walk. Walking allows them to think clearly, form ideas, brainstorm with colleagues during meetings, and cure writer’s block, just to name a few. Science has confirmed […]


The Importance of Family Traditions

By Lisa Cossey, LCSW – Nov. 12, 2019 With Fall officially here and Halloween already past, Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner. It is nice to look forward to time with family and friends and to participate in ongoing family traditions. A family tradition is something that is recreated, year after year, enhancing […]


Raising Siblings of Kids with Special Needs

By Heather Miller, LCSW – Nov. 5, 2019 Parents of a child with special needs have many to-do lists that involve various types of therapies and appointments throughout the week. With life already busy, the extra time commitment chips away at any free time that could be available. This not only impacts the parents but […]

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Alcoa Foundation Awards $30,000 to Youth First, Inc.

Gift Supports the Social and Emotional Needs of Students in Warrick County In a presentation on October 29, Alcoa Foundation awarded $30,000 to Youth First, Inc. to support school-based social work programs and services that strengthen the social and emotional well-being for thousands of Warrick County students. Youth First partners with school districts across Indiana […]


The Secret of Happiness Isn’t So Secret

By Shannon Loehrlein, LCSW – October 29, 2019 Over the summer I participated in a free online class offered by Yale University called, “The Science of Well-Being.” It is taught by Dr. Laurie Santos.  I have recently learned that Dr. Santos will be starting a podcast called “The Happiness Lab,” which I am looking forward […]


Dan Arens Named 2019 Champion of Youth First

Youth First, Inc. honored community leader and former board member Dan Arens at its 13th Annual Breakfast of Champions event on Tuesday, October 22nd at St. Vincent Manor in Evansville. Arens received the Dr. William Wooten Champion of Youth First Award at the event, sponsored by German American. In addition to recognizing Arens, the organization […]